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Runoff: lots more to come

A restroom facility at Big Rock campground in Huntington Canyon becomes an island in the stream as torrents pour down from the high country of the Wasatch Plateau.
As a sign of what's in store, motorcyclists on Skyline Drive cruise past ten-foot-tall snowbanks piled on the side of the road.
A solitary angler tries his luck at Mammoth Reservoir. There are still patches of ice on the pond and remains surrounded by unmelted snowpack.

Overall, the water content in the unmelted snow in Southeastern Utah was at 442 percent of normal, according to the National Resources Conservation Service.

While snowfall was less than 150 percent of normal, the long, cold and wet spring has slowed the pace of the melt. That has compressed runoff season into just one month instead of two.

As of Sunday night, the level of Scofield Reservoir was a few inches below the spillway but had not yet begun to spill.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management are advising river runners and campers that conditions in and near rivers continue to be hazardous in the back country.

The BLM reported the Green River is at flood stage, cresting at 16.5 feet while flooding is defined at 15 feet. The agency has closed the Swasey's campground north of Green River city and Sand Wash facilities are already under water.

The river is raging at 48,000 cubic feet per second, just shy of the 48,300 marked in 1983.

Kayaks and canoes are advised to stay off the river until runoff has run its course.

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